Virtual Artist Conversation: Candice Lin
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Virtual Artist Conversation: Candice Lin

Hear from artist Candice Lin in conversation with exhibition co-curators Dan Byers (John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University) and Victoria Sung (Associate Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center) as she reflects upon her recently opened exhibition Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping in this pre-recorded conversation.

Candice Lin’s pre-recorded talk will be available on this page beginning on Thursday, Oct 7 at 7 pm.

The Los Angeles–based Lin (b. 1979) investigates the legacies of colonialism, racism, and sexism by mapping the trade routes and histories of a range of colonial goods. Co-organized by the Walker Art Center and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Candice Lin: Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping is composed of a site-specific installation that responds to the space of the gallery at each institution, allowing the shape of the work to evolve over the course of its presentation.

Candice Lin is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. She addresses themes of race, gender, and sexuality in relationship to material histories of colonialism, slavery, and diaspora. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at the Pitzer Galleries, Claremont, CA; Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; Ludlow 38, New York; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; Portikus, Frankfurt; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Gasworks, London. She also participated in group exhibitions and biennials at the ICA, London (2019); Para Site, Hong Kong (2019); Beirut Art Center (2019); the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); the New Museum, New York (2017); and SculptureCenter, New York (2017). She is the recipient of several residencies, grants, and fellowships, including a Painters & Writers Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2019), the Davidoff Art Residency (2018), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), a Delfina Foundation residency (2014), a Fine Arts Work Center residency (2012), and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is assistant professor of art at UCLA and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Dan Byers is a curator of contemporary art with a current focus on commissioning new work with living artists. In addition to leading the Carpenter Center’s program of exhibitions and events, he teaches curatorial studies in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies. His upcoming work at the Carpenter Center include projects with Deidrick Brackens and Katherine Bradford, Candice Lin, and B. Ingrid Olson. Recent exhibitions include Tony Cokes: If UR Reading This It’s 2 Late, Vol II (2020, with Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art in London and ARGOS in Brussels), Jonathan Berger: An Introduction to Nameless Love (2019, with PARTICIPANT, INC in New York), Anna Opperman: Drawings (2019), and Liz Magor: Blowout (2019, with the Renaissance Society at University of Chicago). Previously, he was Mannion Family Senior Curator at the ICA/Boston, where he organized solo exhibitions featuring Diane Simpson, Geoffrey Farmer, and Steve McQueen, and group exhibitions The Artist’s Museum and the 2017 Foster Prize Exhibition. Before moving to Boston, Byers was Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Carnegie Museum of Art and co-curator, with Daniel Baumann and Tina Kukielski, of the 2013 Carnegie International.

Victoria Sung is associate curator of visual arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, where she works with artists to create exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Recent and upcoming projects include solo shows with Laure Prouvost, Siah Armajani, Theaster Gates, Rayyane Tabet, Candice Lin, Shen Xin, Pao Houa Her, and Pacita Abad.

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